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Axinite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

When faceted, the members of the axinite mineral group are usually intensely trichroic, with considerable brilliance and rich brown and purple colors dominating. Although very rare, these gems could make magnificent jewelry stones.

Buying Diamonds Online? Match Your Shopper Personality Type to an Online Store

How can you find the right website when you’re buying diamonds online? Since everyone shops a little differently, see which of these diamond websites matches your shopper personality type.

Tic Tac: Online Faceting Designs and Diagrams

Jeff Graham’s Tic Tac gem design is ideal for earrings. It shows an interesting “X” pattern on the crown. Learn more about this fast cut with a lot of sparkle.

Witherite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Easy to cut but too soft and fragile for jewelry, a faceted witherite would make an unusual addition to a gem collection.

The Fifth C: What Determines Diamond Cost?

When consumers think of diamonds, they think “expensive.” However, what exactly makes that so? Beyond the unavoidable factors of mining, cutting, grading, and setting, who or what determines how much a diamond costs?

Mumble: Online Faceting Designs and Diagrams

“The Mumble” by Jeff Graham can be cut with or without a table and is well suited for medium to light colored quartz, tourmaline, topaz, or peridot. Experienced faceters can cut this gem design quickly, and it’s different and bright enough to attract attention and sell well, too.

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